Latest ATH News

  • 18 Feb 2021: The results of Pablo's ATH 2020 are now available. Congratualtions to Alcoholus Lubricatum and The Psychologicals for their first place finishes. The hunt has now been archived.
  • 11 Feb 2021: We have some terribly sad news to tell you about James Medhurst, a member of the Urban Marsupial Orchestra team and setter of ATH2021.
  • 1 Feb 2021: Pablo's ATH 2020 is now over, marking is well underway and the solution document is available to read. We hope to have a further update in about one week.
  • 18 Dec 2020: Pablo's ATH 2020 is underway.
  • 22 Nov 2020: Apopheniacs Anonymous recommend all 2020 hunters to read the guidance notes on hunting during the pandemic.
  • 6 Aug 2020: The 2019 hunt has been archived here. Prize-giving delayed by Covid.
  • 18 Sep 2020: Future ATH setters are confirmed as Urban Marsupial Orchestra in honour of James Medhurst (2021) and Beet (2022). Volunteers for 2023 and beyond are invited to apply here.
Pablo's Armchair Treasure Hunt

Pablo’s Armchair Treasure Hunt

Welcome to Pablo’s Armchair Treasure Hunt! This annual hunt has been running since 1985. Just before Christmas, a setting team buries or hides a small box somewhere in England, and posts on this website a set of elaborate puzzles and clues that reveal the hiding place. The challenge is to be the first to unearth the box, which usually takes a dedicated team anywhere from a week to a month.


Armchair Treasure Hunt 2020

And so our time is done ...

... the Island of Apophenia now consigned to the dusty shelves of the ATH archive.

Ever modest, we seek to keep the team's identities a mystery, but confess to having thoroughly enjoyed the long and arduous development of our Hunt, one albeit overshadowed by the Covid pandemic.

We had hoped that normal conditions would prevail by the time of publication, allowing all to meet, muse and hug, however briefly. It wasn't to be, and some of our themes proved prescient, even if selected years earlier.

We were left to work on our treasure island map and puzzles remotely, each piratical paragraph illustrating only our penchant for sub-par kernels of literary wit and grammar kept strictly in line with the Logica style-guide.

It came together, just about, and we hope we managed to provide some mildly diverting stimulation during this most difficult of holiday periods.

Until next time...

Apopheniacs Anonymous